August E-Zine V9#8: Computer Friday, Aug 27 2010 

Don’t ever think that when selecting software that you will be choosing the last software you’ll need in your life. Even standards such as Microsoft Word can make radical changes with different versions. While you can hold on to an older version for quite a while, eventually you’ll probably be seduced by what the new versions are capable of. It’s a good thing to be a life long learner!

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August E-Zine V9#8: Marketing Friday, Aug 27 2010 

Some basic pages (any category may be multiple pages) you may wish to have include in your author/book website include:

  • Bonus content or special features not included in printed book –
    • More biographical or statistical information
    • Unproven genealogy “guesses”
    • GEDCOM

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This section is drawn from http://www.gregathcompany.com/web/

August E-Zine V9#8: Design Friday, Aug 27 2010 

We recommend that no part of your cover design ever start (or convert) to something below 300 dpi. If you’ve ever seen soft focus covers, or ones that looked like the were FAXed, it is generally because of low dpi in the layout process.

  • If you want to use a low resolution graphic, don’t enlarge it at all, and be sue you are happy with a print out of the cover before submitting it. Some extremely large files (14×18″, etc.) in low resolution, make very nice small format cover additions (4×8″, etc.).

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This section is drawn from http://www.gregathcompany.com/hb/color/coverdesign.html

August E-Zine V9#8: Define Friday, Aug 27 2010 

*Acid Free Books The use of this term varies from the logical definition of the individual words to a wide variety of standards – always have a company explain their definition.  An acid free book depend on internal (book materials) and external factors (chemical processes, environment, etc.).  See Also Archival webpage.

Acid Free (Paper) The use of this term varies from the logical definition of the individual words to a wide variety of standards – always have a company explain their definitionSee Also Archival webpage. Having no acidity and no residual acid-producing chemicals. Below is a definition from “Preserving Family Keepsakes Do’s and Don’ts”, Ilene Chandler Miller, 1996:

“Any paper that contains an alkaline (pH higher than 7 or an absence of acid) base and is often lignin-free.”

Terms marked with an asterisk (*) are not generally used in our office.  All other terms are defined as used in our business plant and offices.

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http://www.gregathcompany.com/glosswrite.html

July E-Zine V9#7: Genealogy Friday, Aug 27 2010 

Don’t ever assume that files produced by applications today will be readable by the same program after several generations of “improvements”. Keeping your digital files up to date is at least as important as organizing your paper files. A bonus to this is that many program upgrades will improve your interaction with your data. Take the upgrades in Adobe Acrobat: By upgrading your file versions, Adobe has made the program able to auto search the files – search engine “indexing”!

July E-Zine V9#7: Marketing Friday, Aug 27 2010 

Some basic pages (any category may be multiple pages) you may wish to have include in your author/book website include:

  • Bonus content or special features not included in printed book –
    • Color photos to supplement black and white in book
    • Unpublished photos, documents and artwork/graphics
    • More research
    • Deeper back story

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This section is drawn from http://www.gregathcompany.com/web/

July E-Zine V9#7: Production Friday, Aug 27 2010 

Cover register runs 95-99%. Because of this, many collage type covers designed by authors don’t always come out as desired. We suggest that your background continue throughout all cover elements, leaving approximately .25″ between your outside photos/graphics and the “edge” of the cover. Otherwise, you could end up with important elements folding around the edge of your cover, and/or spilling onto the edge of your spine.

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This section is drawn from http://www.gregathcompany.com/hb/color/coverdesign.html

July E-Zine V9#7: Design Friday, Aug 27 2010 

A camera ready hard cover file should include space for 1″ on all four sides (regardless of actual book size), back cover, front cover, and spine allowance. Examples –

  • 5.5×8.5″ with a 1″ spine would be 14×10.5″
  • 6×9″ with a 1″ spine would be 15×11″
  • 8.5×11″ a 1″ spine would be 20×13″

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This section is drawn from http://www.gregathcompany.com/hb/color/coverdesign.html

Halloween Sale Friday, Aug 6 2010 

We are excited to be able to offer several different sales items on our Halloween sale. In addition to the marked down book prices below, you can find special S&H on our webpage: http://www.gregathcompany.com/catalog/sale.html 

 
AD2037-$40.00 (Retail $79.95 – nearly 50% off) The Genealogy of Thomas Barnes of Hartford, Connecticut (1615-2001) Volumes 1 & 2, by Frederic Wayne Barnes and Edna Cleo (Bauer) Barnes.  8½x11″, hardbound book set, 1,111+ pages, contains index, sources, biographical notes as well as vital records.  Index includes years of birth and death. This two volume set includes data on 8,591 descendants as well as the spouses and many parents of one of the forty (40) first settlers, Thomas Barnes of Hartford, CT.  The set covers fourteen (14) generations.  some allied surnames frequently appearing in this work include Andrews, Bronson, Coburn, Dickinson, Foote, Root, Scoville, Strong, Thompson, Tuttle, Woodruff and more. 

SpecialG-$50.00 (Retail $60)  1907 Census of ALABAMA Confederate Soldiers 4 book softbound set: You choose the county books!

G5585-$45.00 (Retail $60)

All orders are subject to standard shipping and handling: $11.00 for first title/item and $2.00 each additional. Orders of “G” or “R” books sent Priority USPS unless otherwise noted or requested. “AD” orders not guaranteed a carrier or class. Local pick ups are always free of s&h, by arrangement.

We do accept purchase orders from libraries.  Libraries may request media mail/lower shipping. All book orders, except library purchase orders, must be pre-paid.

 

New July History and Genealogy Book Listings Thursday, Aug 5 2010 

Gregath Company, Inc. is pleased post this review of many new genealogy/history listings from July below. The 49ers’, As Reported By Columbia Missouri Sentinel and St. Louis, Missouri Daily Morning Herald, Intelligencer, Republican Newspapers, Volume 10, by Kenneth E. Weant, 2010. 8.5×11″, softbound book, 232 pages. January 5, 1850 to October 30, 1857, 9,055+ names indexed by state. AD960-$30.00

Vernon County, Missouri, Volume 2, by Kenneth E. Weant, 2010. 244 pages, 8½x11″, softbound book. Includes 4285 Reported Deaths, Chronological Index to selected articles from Nevada Daily Mail (includes 1179 Marriages), spanning August 16, 1893 to June 29, 1901.  AD784-$28.00

Civil War Records: Missouri Confederate Infantry Regiments – Volume 6 (41st through 48th Regiments), by Kenneth E. Weant, 2010. 8½x11″, 224 pages, softbound book – 10,154 names. AD009-$28.00

Civil War Records: Missouri Confederate Infantry Regiments – Volume 5 (33rd through 40th Regiments), by Kenneth E. Weant, 2010. 8½x11″, 210 pages, softbound book – 9458 names.

AD783-$28.00What’s in a Name? Everything You Wanted to Know, by Leonard R. N. Ashley, 1989 Revised. 266 pages, 8½x11″, softbound book. AD780-$18.00

Genealogy As Pastime and Profession, by Donald Lines Jacobus, 1968. 120 pages, 5½x8½”, softbound book. Describes the principles of genealogical research, evaluation of evidence, and relationship of genealogy to chronology, eugenics, and the law. Covering early nomenclature, Royal ancestry, use of source material, and methods of both compiling and publishing a family history. Also included is information on characteristic blunders and misconceptions – a classic.  AD785-$9.00

Native American Mythology, by Hartley Burr Alexander. 384 pages, 5.5×8.5″, softbound book. This fascinating and informative compendium of Native American lore recounts the continent’s myths chronologically and region-by-region, offering a wide range of nomadic sagas, animist myths, cosmogonies and creation myths, end-time prophecies, and other traditional tales. Legends include stories of sun worship, trickster pranks, the ghost world, and secret societies. Republication of the Boston, 1916 edition. ADD2070-$16.00

The Gibson Girl and Her America: The Best Drawings of Charles Dana Gibson, by Charles Dana Gibson, 2010. 48 pages, 11×8.5″, softbound book. Among the most famous American illustrators of the Gilded Era at the turn of the last century, Gibson is fondly remembered as the creator of the Gibson Girl. His thousands of images of independent and beautiful young ladies came to define a feminine ideal. This collection features more than 100 of Gibson’s finest pen-and-ink drawings, showcasing his “Girl” in amusing social settings — dinner parties, fancy balls, and sporting events. ADD2092-$15.00

Native American Creation Myths, by Jeremiah Curtin, 2004. 384 pages, 5.5×8.5“, softbound book. Every aboriginal nation has its gods, from whom the people receive all that they have, and all that they know. Traditional American Indian life revolved around communication with divinity, and these authentic stories about the origin of the earth and its creatures embody every facet of their culture — customs, institutions, and art. Unabridged republication of Creation Myths of Primitive America, Little, Brown, and Company, Boston, 1898. ADD2069-$15.00

Shamans and Shamanism, by John Lee Maddox, 2003. 352 pages, 5.5×8.5“, softbound book. Compares the development of the shaman, or medicine man, among tribal societies. A go-between for man and the spirit world, the shaman explains and resolves issues surrounding misfortunes, bodily ailments, and death. In drawing from tribal societies around the world, the author discusses causes (ill winds, evils spirits) and cures (exorcism, enchanted drinks). ADD2068-$15.00

The Myths of the North American Indians, by Lewis Spence. 480 pages, 5.5×8.5″, softbound book. Rich anthology of the myths and legends of the Algonquins, Iroquois, Pawnees, and Sioux, prefaced by an extensive historical and ethnological commentary. Simply written tales of warrior rivalries, steadfast love, and victory over powerful forces are suitable reading for youngsters and entertaining enough for adults. 36 illustrations. ADD2072-$15.00

Taos Tales, by Elsie Clews Parsons. 192 pages, 5.5×8.5″, softbound book. Nearly 100 authentic tales offer an unparalleled glimpse into beliefs and culture of the Pueblo Indians: “The Kachina Suitors and Coyote,” “Magpie and the Corn Mothers,” “Turquoise Boy Races the Deer Boys,” “The Envious Hunter,” “The Jealous Girls,” “Echo Boy,” “Escape Up the Tree,” and many more. ADD2071-$8.00